Why Do I Need To Use A Compression Garment After Liposuction?
So you’re looking to trim away a little excess fat from you body and have considered liposuction. Surely, you’ve done your research and read all about the procedure— like how’s it done and how long it takes. But before you go ahead and schedule your surgery, let us advise you on how best to maximize your final results after your procedure. A common misconception with liposuction is that once the surgery is done, the work is all over, however the healing process is the single most important factor that will determine how well your final results will look. Something that you should familiarize yourself with is a compression garment, because you two will be best friends for weeks post-procedure and here’s why….
1) Compression Garments Minimize Bruising and Swelling
Incisions will be made and fat will be sucked out, it is after all how liposuction works. Any trauma to the skin, minor as this cosmetic procedure may be, will inevitably lead to some bruising in and around the incision sites. Swelling is also common after liposuction as little tunnels have been created where the fat has been taken out. However, too much fluid build up is not a good sign; this is called seroma. This complication is easily preventable by wearing a compression garment immediately following surgery including the few weeks afterwards. The compression garment works by applying pressure to your body tissue and helps your body reabsorb any of the excess fluid. The pressure of the garment also helps to alleviate any discomfort you might feel post-op.
2) They Help Prevent Skin Dimpling
Think of your fat tissues as a solid block of cheese. When the tubes are inserted into your fat tissues and fat is vacuumed out, it leaves tiny tunnels, now resembling a block of Swiss cheese. These tunnels can fill up with fluid and leave you with a uneven looking surface. Without any compression or pressure applied to these areas, the skin will not be able to heal properly. With a compression garment, the pressure gathers the tissues and seals these tunnels up, and eventually allows the skin to heal in an even, smooth layer.
3) They Help Your Skin Contract and Shrink
When fat deposits are taken out from underneath the skin, often times the skin will begin to sag as it has been previously stretched out to accommodate the fatty tissue. A lot of factors determine how fast your skin will contract back to normal, but sometimes your skin’s elasticity just can’t handle such excessive fat loss. When this happens, your skin is going to need some guidance as to where it should go. Compression garments provide that structure your skin needs to help your skin contract and eventually shrink back into place for a more smooth, even appearance. They ensure your body will heal at its maximum skin contraction without any unwanted folds or creases.
Garments We Highly Recommend
Not all garments are made equal and it is important to choose one that is not only going to provide the best pressure for you specific body area, but also be comfortable as you will be wearing this for the next few weeks after your procedure. Whether you have had liposuction done on your stomach, thighs, or arms, we have compiled some of our favorite compression garments that will help you get the best results after your surgery!